Since I’m turning 26 today and there aren’t enough of these lists out there already.

  1. Parkinson’s law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Time box everything.
  2. Risk taking is a necessary part of achieving outsized returns. Without it, you can live a happy and consistent life, but it is unlikely that you’ll have a major impact on the world.
  3. By and large, people become what they think of themselves.
  4. You can only make money by being right about something most people think is wrong.
  5. Complexity is a hidden tax on your energy.
  6. Impostor syndrome is a privilege. You can only be plagued by it if you’ve achieved success.
  7. When…


Brands have posed the existential question — what is physical retail — and are undertaking the ultimate reinvention

The word “commerce” is derived from the Latin word “commercium” — com meaning “together,” and “mercium” meaning “merchandise.” In many ways, its etymology is an astute illustration of its history, one that underscores the paradigm of traditional shopping malls, the familiar swarms of teenagers clutching Wetzel’s Pretzels, scurrying through Abercrombie and Fitch together. As droves of major retailers closed last year, including the ever-nostalgic Toys R Us, BCBG, and Radio Shack, journalists have warned of a contraction in the retail sector, dubbing it the “retail apocalypse.” However, a closer examination of our new reality reveals this prevailing narrative to be…

Allison Chang

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